The Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster is seeking to appoint a Vicar (Assistant to the Dean and Rector) for Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver which is situated on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. This is a full-time position without term. 

The vicar we seek is:

  • an experienced priest who approaches liturgy and sacrament with reverence and grace
  • a preacher who approaches the gospel with a biblically grounded progressive lens
  • a pastor who accompanies people in living into the divine spark within
  • an educator who creates space for questions on the journey toward answers

This position has four key areas of responsibility:

  • Pastoral care and community development – oversee and lead pastoral care team and to assist in development of community life
  • Faith formation and education – develop, implement, and coordinate faith formation an annual calendar of programming for all ages
  • Parish and diocesan liturgies – participate in liturgical life including regularly preaching, presiding, and officiating at occasional offices
  • Children, youth and families – support, guidance and leadership for children, youth and families ministries.

Christ Church Cathedral’s motto is Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Minds. These six words succinctly summarize this parish community’s ministry and mission. The Parish Profile explains the Cathedral to be ‘a place of welcome to all who know the brokenness of life, are drawn to Christ, and who seek God in this rapidly changing place and time…dedicated to community and reconciliation.’

Located in Downtown Vancouver the Cathedral has been engaged in ministry for over 125 years.  While it functions as a parish church to four separate congregations on Sunday, and with people from a diverse demographic of age, ethnicity, and socio-economic status, it is also the Diocesan Cathedral.  Additionally, due to its location at the crossroads of the city-centre of Vancouver, and adjacent to the business community, it also serves as the City’s cathedral and meeting place.

The worship pattern includes Sunday with BCP Eucharist at 8am and a Choral Eucharist at 10:30am and accompanied by an accomplished organist and choir.  St Brigid’s congregation meets for Eucharist at 5:30pm and Compline is at 8 pm on Sundays from February through November.  Weekday liturgies are also celebrated.

The Cathedral Parish is deeply engaged in the spiritual development of all its members with special programming designed for people of all ages.  In its work in pastoral care and community development it is committed to advocacy for the LGBTQIA/2S+ community and reconciliation with First Nations, in addition to the ongoing pastoral care of the Cathedral’s parishioners.

Music and the arts are central to the Cathedral and its ministry, and this is expressed through the many curated events and musical offerings provided for the parish the wider community.

Food is one response the Cathedral makes to those who come seeking nourishment.  Through the Maundy Café meals are prepared and served five days each week along with a ‘to go’ service. The Cathedral has been a long-time partner in advocating for and building affordable social housing. Additionally, it has partnered with PWRDF and other NGOs to respond to needs further afield.

The Parish is diligent in maintaining its financial stability.  A comprehensive financial statement is attached to the profile.

To learn more about Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver explore the Parish Profile and financial information linked for downloading on this post. You will also find the requisite diocesan application form here.

Applications for this position will be received until close of business on Thursday, October 28, 2021.  Please email your cover letter, application and, if you are not from the Diocese of New Westminster, a letter from your bishop, indicating you are ‘a priest in good standing’ to dfenton@vancouver.anglican.ca.  Additional documents, apart from what is requested, will be deleted.

For further information contact Bill Siksay, Executive Assistant to the Bishop’s Office at 604-684-6306, ext. 228 or by email at bsiksay@vancouver.anglican.ca.